Father of slain soldier says he was booed by airline passengers

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STOCKTON, Calif. -- The father of a soldier killed in Afghanistan says he was booed on an airplane by passengers.

Stewart Perry said his son, Sgt. John Perry, was killed by a suicide bomber on Nov. 12.

"It just takes me a moment to collect my emotions," he said. "Most importantly, I want people to know about the heroic thing that my son did."

Perry said his son stumbled on the bomber before he could reach his target, a soldiers 5K Veterans Day run.

"He would have killed 100, 200, who knows," he said.

Perry said his son's death comes at a time military service is facing disrespect. He said his family was even booed on the flight to bring his son's body home.

Perry said he, his wife Kathy and their daughter were flying to Dover Air Force Base to pick up John Perry's remains.

A connecting flight in Phoenix was delayed, so the American Airlines pilot asked passengers to stay seated so a "special military family" could exit first so they could make their next flight, the Stockton Record reported.

Perry said that's when several people in first class began to boo the family. He also said the passengers were complaining about having to wait to get off the plane.

“Some people were saying ‘This is just baloney,’ and ‘I paid for first-class for this?’” Perry told the newspaper.

Perry later told KMAX: "And to hear the reaction of the flight being delayed because of a Gold Star family, and the first class cabin booing, that was really upsetting, and it made us cry some more," Perry said.